By Ben Strauss
A new report out from Strategy Analytics now says that the PS3 has surpassed the Xbox 360 worldwide, and has probably been in the top spot since the end of 2010. The data says that the PS3 enjoys 43.4 million active units to Xbox 360’s 42.9 million. The Wii retains the largest base at 75.5 million.
The research firm cites the Xbox 360’s relatively weak performance in Asia and Europe as a “drag on its global performance.” The Kinect has done little in selling consoles worldwide, despite the success achieved at launch.
“While the Kinect peripheral has given a boost to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 strategy, the console’s performance outside of the U.S. continues to disappoint,” said analyst Jia Wu, responsible for the report at Strategy Analytics
“Global demand for Sony’s PS3 has exceeded that of the Xbox 360 in each of the past two years, and we expect that to continue over the coming years,” Wu states.
He adds that Microsoft should “continue to innovate around its motion sensor technology, which will become increasingly relevant in the smart home era.”
All in all, sales for 2011 look good for the PS3. Sales are expected to reach 15.7 million units for the year. Xbox 360 is forecasted to bring in around 13.7 million for 2011 by contrast.